Workshop: Korean Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

July 14, 2016

Written by Hyon-u Lee, Soon Chun Hyang University

Hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre & Shakespeare Association of Korea

Leaders: Hyon-u Lee and Daniel Gallimore

Since 1990, more than 400 Korean Shakespeare productions have been staged in South Korea, many of them touring beyond the Korean peninsula. Yet now that Korean Shakespeare has become known among both audiences and academics beyond the Korean peninsula, there is a need for greater understanding of the traditional Korean theatre which Korean Shakespeares have so thoroughly adopted.

This workshop aims to introduce Korean Shakespeare Boom. Especially it will show how traditional Korean theatres are applied to Shakespearean productions. Hyon-u Lee and Daniel Gallimore will lead this workshop, and Yong Li Lan, Boram Choi, and Eleine Ng Hui Ru will read their papers. The workshop will also run in tandem with a Koreanized Taming of the Shrew by EDP, student drama club of Soon Chun Hyang University. Starting in 2007, this production has been staged successfully in Seoul, Tokyo, Nagoya, Singapore, New York, Boston, and Brisbane, receiving several awards at the College Student Shakespeare Festival hosted by the Shakespeare Association of Korea and National Theatre of Korea. This production was well acclaimed by professional reviewers, who gave it four or three stars, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. The particular use that this production makes of traditional Korean dance, music and theatre makes it an effective model of the Koreanization of Shakespeare.

Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre at London, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3, Strand, London, WC2N 5BW (Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue)

Date: August, 8th, 2016.

Time: Workshop 5 PM/ Performance 7:30 PM

Ticket: Free

Register: Email info@kccuk.org.uk or telephone 020 7004 2600

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Petruchio (Min-joon Lee) faces Katherina (So-hyeon Jeong) in Act II, Sc. i. from The Taming of the Shrew at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

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